Foundation Course: Museum Learning

Take the next step in your career by booking onto GEM’s Museum Learning Foundation Course Online 

Led by Course Director Pete Brown, the GEM Foundation Course on Museum Learning virtually explores a variety of topics relating to learning in museums, heritage and cultural settings, from access and inclusion to interpretation, from management to evaluation, interrogating different ideas and approaches to help you develop your skills and understanding.

Since the course first opened in 2015, participants have discovered new direction, succeeded in finding employment, produced exciting projects, and made change in their organisations. Each participant receives a year-long personal GEM membership to continue the learning and sharing beyond the course. 

Facilitated Zoom lectures, online activities, curated discussion groups, virtual or physical cluster museum visits as well as networking with peers will be part of this online course which is now even more accessible to GEM members all over the world.

What will I gain?

GEM’s Foundation Course in Museum Learning will provide you with opportunities to develop, practise and demonstrate the basic skills and knowledge needed to be a museums and heritage educator. 12 half days (10:00-13:00 GMT) complete with virtual visits, guest lectures and skills workshops will guide you towards completing a work-based assignment that will benefit not only you but your organisation too.  You’ll be supported by an experienced course director, a group of like-minded peers, and a professional mentor within the sector.

“I have managed to put so many of the great ideas the course gave me into action and lots more to come over the next few months.”

Who is it for?

GEM’s Foundation Courses are intended for those in their first year or so of their museum education career; or for those working in a different part of the heritage sector but wishing to take up an education position.  Since this course is work-based, it is a requirement that applicants should be working or volunteering in the museums, heritage and cultural sector.

When & where is it?

This course will take place online, but will possibly include virtual museum visits

During the course, participants complete a work-based assignment, which should be completed a month after the last virtual lecture.


Spring – Summer 2021

Thursday, 6 May 2021 (10:00-13:00)
Thursday, 13 May 2021 (10:00-13:00)
Thursday, 20 May 2021 (10:00-13:00)
Thursday, 27 May 2021 (10:00-13:00)
Thursday, 3 June 2021 (10:00-13:00)
Thursday, 10 June 2021 (10:00-13:00)
Thursday, 17 June 2021 (10:00-13:00)
Thursday, 24 June 2021 (10:00-13:00)
Thursday, 1 July 2021 (10:00-13:00)
Thursday, 15 July 2021 (10:00-13:00)
Thursday, 22 July 2021 (10:00-13:00)
Thursday, 29 July 2021 (10:00-13:00)

Course fee?
The course fee is £650 per participant for GEM members and £780 for non-members. Bursary places available, please contact for more information?

GEM is happy to work with individuals to create a flexible custom payment plan. To enquire about a suitable payment plan for you, please contact the GEM Office at / 01634 816 280

Who runs the course?
Pete Brown, the course director, is a museum learning professional with over 20 years’ experience, including responsibility for CPD and organisational development at senior management level and for devising and running training courses for learning, curatorial and visitor services staff.

Do you wonder if this course is for you?  Our course director, Pete Brown, tells us a little bit more about the course and who it’s for.  

How do I apply?
Fill out the booking form and send back to the GEM Office via

Organisations that are institutional GEM members can receive complementary personal memberships for up to two employees or volunteers that attend the course.

Have a question?  Call us on 01634 816280 or email

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